About the CCA

The Canadian Celiac Association / L’Association canadienne de la maladie coeliaque is a volunteer-based, federally registered charitable organization with its national office in Mississauga, Ontario. It was founded in 1972 with financial assistance from the Kaufman Foundation. The association was started by two women from Kitchener, Ontario, who, from personal experience with celiac disease, recognized vital needs of people suffering from the disease.

The initial objectives were to provide information on sources of gluten-free food, to foster research and to encourage mutual support among celiacs. Today the association serves people with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis through 28 affiliated chapters and 30 satellite groups across Canada.

The C.C.A. is governed by an elected national board of directors with regional representation across Canada. The Board develops policies and strategies for the association and provides leadership and guidance to chapters. Chapters are charitable organizations each of which is governed by an elected executive committee. The national office is staffed by two full-time and two part-time people.

Professional Advisory Council

The purpose of the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) is to advise and assist the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) in its mandate of promoting the welfare of persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, and to increase awareness among the public, governments, and health care professionals of these disorders.

The Professional Advisory Council also advises the association on the direction of funding for research and encourages support for the Association in furthering its goals.

The PAC is responsible for developing and recommending policies and programs related to the medical, nutritional research, and educational aspects of the Association, and setting appropriate standards. It is accountable to the CCA for all matters in this regard.

Executive

Anne Wraggett – President

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Originally from southern Ontario, Anne Wraggett has lived in Victoria, B.C. since 1998. She obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and then returned to university a decade later to become an accountant. After working for a variety of organizations, she is now Director of Finance and co-manager of a long-term care facility. She became active in the Victoria Chapter in 2001, serving as secretary and then president before chairing the organizing committee for the 2008 CCA national conference held in Victoria. On the CCA National Board of Directors since 2012, Anne juggles her volunteer work with the CCA, her full-time job, and a home life with her husband, 2 cats, and a garden.

Treena Duncan – Vice-President

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Treena lives in Surrey, BC, and joined the CCA board in 2014 and became the Secretary of the board in 2015. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She is married with two teenaged children. Both her son and daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She is excited to be part of the CCA board and is passionate about its work. Professionally, Treena works for the United Church of Canada as Personnel Minister. Most of her work focuses in the area of staff supervision, conflict resolution, board/committee development, communication, policy interpretation and leadership development. Treena enjoys this challenging and multifaceted role. In a volunteer capacity, Treena serves on the British Columbia Highland Dance Association board as secretary, and recently completed her term as secretary of the White Spot Pipe Band Executive. In her spare time, Treena supports her children in their chosen activities (Highland Dance, Bagpipes, Guitar/Singing, Soccer), and enjoys playing the piano, reading and travelling.

Renée Coleman – Secretary

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Renée lives in Kamloops BC and joined the board in 2016. She is married with 2 grown children and her faithful friend Oakley, the family golden retriever. Diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2013 Renée soon found her passion advocating for those with Celiac disease, and along with her position as a Director with the Board, she’s also currently the Chapter President for Kamloops. When not volunteering Renée enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her family fishing, camping, hiking and capturing memories from behind the lens of her camera.
 
 

Chantal Gabriele – Treasurer

Directors

Mark Johnson

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Mark Johnson lives in Ottawa and has served on the CCA Board of Directors since 2011. Mark works on the CCA’s awareness, revenue and education initiatives, and as such is involved with such tasks as writing, editing, internal communication, media relations, member support, advertising, and social media. Mark also serves as president of the CCA’s Ottawa Chapter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Waterloo, and master’s degrees from the University of Ottawa (communication) and Carleton University (political management). Mark was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. He is a federal public servant, is married with two dogs, and in his spare time enjoys travelling, learning, reading, and playing board/card games.

David Congram

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David’s career has been in the financial services sector, primarily in insurance. He has a background in strategic planning and Board memberships. He is an Actuary by profession, having recently served on the executive of the International Actuarial Association. As a celiac from Toronto he looks forward to contributing to the Board.

 
 
 
 

Selena DeVries

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Selena is a registered dietitian living with celiac disease. She specializes in the dietary management of celiac disease in her virtual private practice, Healthbean Nutrition, based in Kelowna BC. She is also the dietitian for the CCA Okanagan chapter. Selena is an advocate for celiac disease within her community, with a keen interest in increasing awareness among her colleagues and other health professionals. She graduated with an Honors BSc. degree in dietetics from the University of British Columbia in 2013. She is also the co-chair of Dietitians of Canada: Integrative and Functional Nutrition Network, which helps to promote education opportunities and increase knowledge on the importance of whole body health – mind, body and spirit. In her spare time, Selena is likely to be found in the dance studio, tapping away, travelling, and, most definitely, scouting out and enjoying gluten free food.
 

Julie Greene

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Julie Greene is an Account Director at Ray Agency in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. She has experience in traditional and digital marketing and has worked on accounts like Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism, Cooke Aquaculture, Air Labrador and Newfoundland Power to name a few. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2013, Julie joined the CCA Board on the Awareness committee in May 2016. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter Kate, hiking with her dogs, playing piano and travelling. She looks forward to contributing to the success of the board!

 

Jennifer Stebbing


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Jennifer Stebbing is a lawyer practicing at Vanguard Law Group exclusively in the areas of Estate Planning and Real Estate. Prior to joining Vanguard, Jennifer worked at Butcher Litigation and was a candidate in the most recent federal election. Jennifer has experience practicing in estate litigation as well as general litigation. Jennifer is a current board member of the Halton County Law Association and Hamilton Tax Payers Coalition. Jennifer enjoys being in the outdoors and volunteering in the community and looks forward to working with the CCA Board.

 

Staff Team

  • Executive Director: Melissa Secord
  • Manager, Education and Special Projects: Sue Newell
  • Manager, National Membership: Jacqueline Petrie
  • Information and Administration: Lisa Triggs
  • Coordinator, Accounting: Nisha Paul
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